On Thursday 31st of October, Halloween in Barcelona starts. Many people will be dressed up in scary costumes and the weekend is most likely best experienced wearing one (everyone parties harder in a special outfit!)
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Truco o Trato (Trick or Treat) isn’t as usual as it is in many other countries, but you can see children dressed up and craving for candy in Spain too. Some spaces and apartments in Barcelona will be decorated according to the theme, especially bars and restaurants will be looking spooky but fabulous at the same time during the weekend.
Instead of Halloween, in Catalonia people have celebrated a festival called La Castanyada on All Saints Day – Tots Sants, which is on Friday 1st of November. Families get together on Tots Sants to honor the loved ones who have passed away. Traditional La Castanyada food would be roasted chestnuts and sweet potatoes, which you can find to be sold on the day. It’s a public holiday in Spain, so a lot of people will be going out already on Thursday evening instead of waiting for the weekend.
Most big bars and nightclubs like Opium, Shoko, Sala Apolo, CDLC and Monasterio will be having their own special Halloween parties. Nocturna Festival has been running on Halloween in Barcelona since 2001 in Salamandra 2. It’s especially popular within the goth and metal scene due to it’s heavy music and overall dark theme. There will be live music, a cabaret show and fetish and freak shows, just to name a few. It’s a mandatory to be wearing a costume, so you have to get ready before going there!
Ruta de Altares is a Mexican tradition which has arrived to Barcelona a few years ago, which is held spread the knowledge of the Day of the Dead, which is one of the most cherished festivities in the Mexican culture. The route of themed altars, called the Living Memory, is the central point of the event in Barcelona. Every altar is dedicated to a different cause and they are situated around the city within different bars, shops and restaurants. More information and the map for the altars can be found here.
PortAventura is the second biggest theme park in Europe and will be holding a Halloween themed party. There will be special shows and parades with monsters, zombies and ghosts with entertainment for the whole family. The theme park is located about 100 kilometers outside Barcelona, so it would be better if you had the whole day to spend there. The park opens at 10 AM every day.
There will of course be a lot more events going on on Halloween in Barcelona. If none of these events caught your attention, you can just put on the most disturbing outfit you have, hit the street and see where you’ll end up in celebrating the Day of the Dead!